Posted: May 26th, 2016

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WINSLOW B. SOMMERFELDT born January 16, 1923 in Taylorville AB, passed away peacefully May 22, 2016 in Cardston AB. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 72 years Reita Winnona Newton Sommerfeldt. His five son’s and their families Will (Karen) Sommerfeldt of Draper Utah, Ron (Jesse) Sommerfeldt of Lethbridge, Doug (Sharon) Sommerfeldt of Fort MacLeod, Boyd (Carol) Sommerfeldt of Calgary, and Ken (Wendy) Sommerfeldt of Cardston; 19 grand children, 90 Great Grand children, and 1 Great Great grandson. Brothers; Rex (Rhea), Mark (Jane) Ted (Carole) and Glen (Jeanette) Sommerfeldt and sisters Veda Jensen (Jens), Velma Maslic, Norma (Bert) Wiley, and Pearl (Ed) deJong. He is predeceased by one daughter in law, Marya Cook Sommerfeldt, one brother Aaron Sommerfeldt. And his parents, Bruno and Sarah Nelson Sommerfeldt.

Winslow was the oldest of 12 children in a large immigrant family from Germany. He received all of his formal education in the one room Rynard School in the Whiskey Gap area. Like many in his generation, the family farm during the depression was filled with long days of hard manual labor. Hard work is what defined Winslow throughout his life. The Sommerfeldt’s had a successful family farming operation and were builders of the rural communities in their area. Winslow met the love of his life at a dance in Cardston and on October 12, 1944 married Reita Winona Newton of Cardston in the Alberta Temple. From that day forward, they toiled together on the farm until 1955 when the farm was traded for a Chev Olds dealership in Cardston called Central Service. In a few years Reita became the book keeper for the business and they worked together every day. Winslow and Reita were beautiful dancers and enjoyed sharing this talent everywhere they went. In 1969, they moved the family to Nelson BC and operated a GM dealership there called Winslow Motors.

After a few years there, they moved to Lethbridge before returning to Cardston where they continued working in Central Service until their retirement in 1987. Favorite activities included: Dancing, Boating and swimming at Echo Lake, gardening, and working… Winslow has always been an active member of the LDS church and has served in leadership positions including two terms as Branch President, a counselor in a Bishopric, and numerous other ward callings. Winslow and Reita served 20 years as Temple Ordinance workers in the Cardston Alberta Temple, and 2 full time LDS missions in the Family History Center in Salt Lake City and in the Church Education System in Western Samoa.

The Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cardston Alberta West Stake Centre, (Waterton Highway), Cardston on Saturday, May 28th at 1:00 p.m. Friends may meet the family at the Church from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. prior to the Service. Interment in the Cardston Cemetery.

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